Listen! What Swami Vivekananda Says -
Letter No.125 :- May, 1896, 63 St. George’s Road, London, Dear Sister (Miss Marry Hale), (About coming back to India after being successful through tremendous work in America) I like to see new things. I do not care a fig to loaf about old ruins and mope a life out about old histories and keep sighing about the ancients. I have too much vigour in my blood for that. In America is the place, the people, the opportunity for everything. I have become horribly redical. I am just going to India to see what I can do in that awful mass of conservative jelly-fish, and start a new thing, entirely new – simple, strong, new, and fresh as the first born baby.
The eternal, the infinite, the omnipresent, the omniscient is a principle, not a person. You, I, and everyone are but embodiments of that principle; and the more of this infinite principle is embodied in a person, the greater is he, and all in the end will be the perfect embodiment of that, and thus all will be one, as they are now essentially. This is all there is of religion, and the practice is through this feeling of oneness that is love.
All old fogey forms are mere old superstitions. Now, why struggle to keep them alive? Why give thirsty people ditch-water to drink whilst the river of life and truth flows by? This is only human selfishness, nothing else. Life is short – time is flying – that place and people where one’s ideas work best should be the country and the people for everyone. Ay for a dozen bold hearts, large, noble, and sincere!
I am very well indeed and enjoying life immensely.
- Swami Vivekananda